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Expatriate Healthcare News: 'Look into conveyancing' before buying South African property

Expat insurance customers considering relocating abroad to South Africa may wish to research the nation's conveyancing process before purchasing real estate.

Sue McDermott, co-founder of property search and relocation company Spacesa.com, explained one lawyer is used to represent both parties.

She admitted this "sounds like a huge conflict of interest" for some people from overseas.

"In fact, it works really well," the expert declared, explaining the firm recommends individuals seek personal legal representation if the situation appears to be confusing.

Men and women buying land in the country have increasingly been interested in houses on the coast of the Indian Ocean, such as in Simon's Town and Kalk Bay, Ms McDermott asserted.

Foreigners generally do not select residences north of Cape Town and she noted this trend is unlikely to change.

Lonely Planet describes South Africa as a diverse location, with wildlife such as hippopotamus, zebras, dolphins and penguins.

Its inhabitants are "some of the most upbeat, welcoming and humorous folk you'll encounter anywhere" although there is a problem with crime, the travel experts remarked.

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